Waiheke Marketplace : November 10th 2010
9 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 10, 2010 LETTERS RULES: Letters of 150 words or less can be sent to Editor, Waiheke Marketplace, PO Box 185, Oneroa, Waiheke Island 1840, or emailed to editor@waihekemarket place.co.nz by Monday morning, 9am. Full name, address and phone number should be given. Only the name and suburb will be published. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Recycling It's great to hear that re- cycling has increased by 19 percent on Waiheke. So it really seems a shame that unless people sort their own recyclables at the transfer station, all recycling from the bins goes to Mt Visy, where everything sits, commingled, in a huge pile. That doesn't sound like the best use of recyclable goods to me. It sort of defeats the purpose of recycling, doesn't it? Flynn Washington Ostend Rubbish Congratulating Waiheke for a 19 percent increase in recycling would indeed be fantastic news, if only it were true. I too saw the Auckland City Council report claiming a huge increase in recycling and attributing this to the wonderful wheelie bins. Looking behind the figures of course we see the usual mishmash of statistics -- oranges carefully compared with apples. Waiheke's own Cleanstream measured recycling performance by actual sales of sorted and processed recyclables. The council's new measure is simply material initially removed from the waste stream. This figure of course includes the hundreds of tons of glass now sitting at Mount Visy destined to be used in footpaths, a far inferior use to remanufacturing bottles. John M Stansfield Executive director Cleanstream Ltd Walking festival The first Waiheke Walking Festival has come to a very successful conclusion. Nine days of walking, two guided walks a day with everything from mums and pushchairs, rapid descent by ropes into Fossil Bay, a rigorous two- day tramp and hundreds of walkers. The feedback has been fantastic and so has any constructive criticism. We have a very good base to build upon for the future. Huge thanks to Mudbrick, Te Whau, Miro, Obsidian, Poderi Crisci, Peacock Sky, Waiheke Island Brewery, Te Whau sculpture park and other private vineyard and landowners who kindly opened up their property for walkers to catch spectacular views of Waiheke not normally available. To Rob Vaasen for inspiring the haiku trail, to our specialist guides Barnett Bond, Paul Monin, Tony King-Turner, Lyndsay Spilman, Brian Griffiths, Toni-anne Farquar, the amazing Whakanewha park rangers Dan Beauchamp and Beatty Wiggenhauser, Stony Batter Preservation Society, Rob Fenwick and to the volunteer tail end Charlies' who assisted the guides -- Margaret and Chris Peacocke, Norma Riley, Lincoln Jackson, Lee-Anne Parore, Joy McDonald, Lynn Kerneys and to Grant Anderson and Waiheke Independent Taxis for their flexibility, patience and support. This festival would not have happened if it hadn't been for the idea from Gary Wilton (planted five years ago by Jennifer Fountain) and with the full support of Auckland Council, Fullers Ferries (and all the staff at Matiatia and our Fullers bus driver for the Man O' War trip) and the Waiheke i-SITE Visitor Centre. Apologies to those of you who missed the haiku part of the haiku trail on the last walk of the festival. The haiku will be in place for the next two weeks. Take the track from Sandy Bay through to Hekerua and enjoy them. We're planning to do bigger and better next year. Jenness Reeve, Gary Wilton and Janine James Waiheke Walking Festival Biking Waiheke I was pleased to travel with a number of others from Auckland city on Sunday to help launch the Fullers Waiheke Island Cycle Map. The launch of this map at Matiatia ferry wharf was the start of a great day riding along some of Waiheke Island's scenic routes, led by the dapper and delightful Tom Ransom, pointing out features of interest. I commend the many drivers of the island who were patient and careful when encountering our 20-strong group of cyclists. This map will prove to be a great asset to Waiheke as I can see groups of friends taking advantage of the ability to take bikes free on Fullers ferries to spend a day or two riding around the island, exploring the many attractions. I look forward to returning again to Waiheke soon to go a little further than we did on Sunday. Christopher Dempsey Parnell Debacle I came home on the first day of November to be confronted by this disgusting political debacle concerning the election of the chair for the new local board. Like Mike Johnson, if the facts check out, I too find the process or lack of it sickening. It sets a bad precedent and does not portend well for the next three years of local government. Many people are already regretting the way they cast their votes. Among the many letters that have been published, some have raised issues that need to be answered. Polly Nash describes Faye Storer as an articulate and born leader''. With respect Polly, when Faye lost the elections last time round to Denise, it is my understanding she did not speak to Denise for the best part of three years. With regard to Maynie Thompson's letter, with respect, why would you expect Denise to swallow the nasty tasting medicine the board has handed out when the candidate you support and endorse has never shown herself to be capable of such humility? Also Denise has asked for mediation to establish some guidelines for future board meetings so that they are fair and open. Isn't this part of the peace process? Why would you of all people flick off this request and tell her to take her medicine? Do you want the local board to be continuously stalemated and deadlocked? It is frequently trotted out by Faye's supporters that she is more able to represent the community because she has a degree in politics. While I understand and respect the amount of work that goes into earning university qualifications, it does not entitle her to tenure nor is it a passport as of right to public office in perpetuity. It does not give her the right to talk down to people or to assume to know what's best for them. It certainly doesn't give her the right to pre-empt Denise and hijack the board. Some of our best politicians have had very little formal education but they have always compensated for this by having a robust and well developed sense of social justice and empathy. They have in almost all cases had strong humanitarian qualities and values that they bring to their office and this has won them love, trust and respect from their supporters. Like Len Brown, Denise has an inclusive and a reasonably open style. She is not a control freak but she certainly won't allow herself to be pushed around and nor will her supporters. A message for our new local board: Politics is the art of bringing unlike people together. Divide and rule is counterproductive and thoroughly outdated. Len Brown refused to buy it when John Banks started pitching it. That's the main reason he was elected. Janet Moore Palm Beach Ashamed I was ashamed of Denise Roche and her supporters at Saturday's inauguration of our local board. Ashamed of the hecklers' lewd, crude and rude behaviour, ashamed of the bullies bellowing bull'', ashamed of the greenhorns, green with envy. It was only when the herd stampeded out of the hall to be replaced by the good people of Waiheke that we had a meeting worthy of this wonderful island. I was proud of Faye, Jo, Jim and Don. They were able to rise above the mob and maintain their dignity throughout. They will represent our island well over the next three years. D Owens Ostend Public money I have been reading for the last two weeks about abusive, inaccurate and insulting emails and phone calls directed at Faye Storer and Jo Holmes. If there have been abusive emails and calls directed to them that is regrettable but it is a fact of life that there are always a few hooligans out there who step out of line during a heated debate. You are both mature women and surely not devastated by catcalls, and would know to involve the authorities if there have been actionable threats. The outrage of the community has been incorrectly portrayed as a simple case of sore loser syndrome' instead of the far more serious reality that this board did not demonstrate proper democratic operating procedures. The lack of democratic process by which the chair, deputy chair and spokesperson roles were assigned remains an unresolved issue. In the last two weeks, this matter has been sidelined into a debate about whether former councillor Roche had a mandate and whether that entitled her to the role of chair. In her original letter, Ms Roche declares that the lack of democratic process, and not the ultimate decision, was her prime cause for concern. When there is a decision to be made which involves the allocation of public money, it is incumbent on the board members to demonstrate strict adherence to protocol. This issue is too important to be glossed over because we need to get on with the work''. You have been given ample time to draft an account to the community detailing the procedure you followed in order to come to this important decision which is your first allocation of public money. Where any decision to be made involves public funds (such as the chairperson's salary) criteria setting and planning it should be conducted in an open and transparent fashion, preferably with note-takers. From her account, it looks as if Ms Roche was following that protocol and it was circumvented by yourselves and others on the board. Millie Watkins Oneroa Insulting I was surprised and disappointed to read Meriel Watts' letter regarding the election of chairwoman and deputy of the Waiheke Local Board. She has taken part in Waiheke affairs for years and should have a better understanding of the democratic process where each elected member not only has the right to vote but the right to their own opinion. Meriel's letter was insulting in the extreme to the members of the board. To say that they had broken their commitments a few seconds after being elected was completely untrue. What gives her the right to judge? To put the situation simply, the members believe that Denise did not have the required qualifications for the position of chairperson. It had nothing whatsoever to do with personal or political agendas''. I believe that the next three years will prove they elected wisely for the good of the whole of Waiheke in voting for Faye Storer as chairwoman.Maynie Thompson Ostend Stamps tell Red Cross story Rare collection: Stamp club member Gerald Ellott provided a stamp collection of Red Cross history to view at the 40th anniversary of the Red Cross on Waiheke. By GILL ALCOCK The 40th birthday cele- brations of the Red Cross on Saturday afternoon saw a steady stream of interested islanders pop into its rooms in Oneroa. The Scottish country danc- ing proved the most popular with more than 70 watching the action, treasurer Anna Brown says. There were demon- strations on life saving techniques and gentle yoga techniques. An added bonus was provided by Gerald Ellott of the Waiheke Island Stamp Club. Mr Ellott brought along a collection of stamps com- memorating the work of the Red Cross around the world that he had researched and put together for the birthday party. The afternoon ended with a celebratory high tea of sandwiches and cakes.
November 17th 2010